Is Your Driving Affecting The Tread Wear On Your Tires?

October 15th, 2021 by

New tires are an expensive investment but a necessity when the old ones become worn out. Driving your car with low treads not only worsens your car’s performance and efficiency but is also dangerous. Without proper traction, your brakes can’t do their job, and an accident can easily occur. This is particularly true when it comes to driving in snow or rain. Additionally, in some areas, it is illegal to drive on low tread tires.

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How Long Should Tires Last?

The standard tire life span depends on many factors. The quality of the tires, driving habits and conditions, the number of miles driven and proper maintenance all play a part in the normal tire life span. With normal wear and tear on tires, the average set generally lasts three to five years.

How To Make Your Tires Last Longer

Although most tires come with a warranty, problems don’t typically start until the contract is expired. Even if the warranty is still valid, the amount you receive for new tires gets prorated based on tread wear. This means if you are doing things that cause the tread to wear quicker or unevenly, you can’t expect the warranty to be helpful. Situations that create faster wear or make an uneven tread are:

  • There is no reward for the fastest driver when it comes to daily traffic – burning rubber by taking turns too quickly, stopping suddenly or taking off in a rush results in a decreased tread. Also, driving at a higher speed for extended amounts of time produces friction which softens the rubber.
  • Improper alignment or balancing causes uneven treads and isn’t a covered loss under your tire warranty.
  • Tire pressure at the recommended amount protects your tread, and tire rotation done every 5,000 miles is essential for good maintenance.
  • Each tire is designed to hold a specific weight limit. If the driver is constantly hauling heavy loads around, the tires wear faster. If you plan to carry heavier items regularly, buy tires that intended for higher weights.
  • Careless driving that involves hitting potholes, bouncing over street bumps and railroad tracks, broken pavement and other poor driving situations increase the chance that your car’s alignment, suspension and tire tread are at risk.

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How Do I Know If I Need New Tires?

Professional inspection of your tires on a regular basis ensures the tires are safe, have adequate tread, and are evenly treaded. Tires that have less than 4/32″ are dangerous in normal circumstances and below 5/32″ in snow situations. For auto owners, the ‘penny test’ is a quick way to discern if your tires are approaching tread wear. The process is to use a penny and insert it into the grooves in the tire. Pointing Lincoln’s head down, if any part of the head is covered, the tires have decent tread. Keep in mind, this test determines minimal tread at 2/32″ and, under some conditions, isn’t a safe amount.

Key Takeaways

  • With normal wear and tear on tires, life expectancy is three to five years.
  • Certain actions increase tread wear. Drivers should avoid excessive speed, taking corners too quickly, repeated abrupt stopping, and careless driving. Upkeep of tires, alignment, balance and so forth will also increase the life of the tire.
  • Regular inspection of the tires is recommended to detect loss of tread prior to detrimental issues.

Why Gloucester Toyota?

Gloucester Toyota is an established location with over 30 years of experience. Our service department’s goal is 100 percent customer satisfaction. Customers can expect competitive pricing with quality products. Call today for tire services: (804) 693-2100. 

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